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here, but I hope this finds some knowledgeable people. And I will try to keep
it short and sweet. I’m a golf pro who has had RA for about 12 years (I’m a 46
y.o. man, nonsmoker, not overweight). I was diagnosed long after my symptoms
began, thinking, “It’s golfing; it will go away”. Yeah, right. My diagnosis was
RA and ALSO carpal tunnel syndrome. My right
hand is most affected, but both hands have both these conditions. I even had
the needle test for carpal tunnel to confirm.
At first, I had
very bad pain and numbness in my hand and thumb mostly. On my right side, the
pain and numbness would alternate back and forth during the day, and while
holding a club, it hurt so much I could not demonstrate any more. That of
course was not good for me or my clients. In fact, I had to cut back to working
Anyway, I was
on Methotrexate which seemed to be ok for a couple years, but then the symptoms
got worse late in 2014. I started Enbrel and then Humira but we realized I cannot
take any of those because of other things I have going on (which were not diagnosed
at the time). I took it upon myself to treat the carpal tunnel, and thankfully
the pain went down by about 90%. It took about a month to get rid of it, but it
worked great. I even returned to working full time again. But now I’m back with
the RA pain again. And for the first time I can actually tell this is RA pain
and not carpal tunnel pain. You’d think they are the same, but trust me they
So here’s my
question after this long winded intro. My doctor says he wants to put me on Azathioprine.
But I’ve read many discussions that it causes fluid retention. My doctor says “don’t
worry” ---- but I do! Since fluid retention will probably make the carpal tunnel
come back, I don’t want to take the chance.
have any comments?
appreciate your time.
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